October 29, 2011

Video: Early Morning Surfing at Carolina Beach on October 20th.

Check out this fantastic video of a some surfers hitting the Carolina Beach surf early in the morning on October 20th. It was filmed and edited by Alek Rockrise (uploaded to Vimeo).

Untitled from Alek Rockrise on Vimeo.

October 27, 2011

Natural Wonders Wow Visitors At Kure Beach

Kure Beach, NC - October 27, 2011
Kure Beach (http://www.visitkure.com) offers families and visitors seeking a relaxing fall getaway an impressive trove of natural wonders, from breathtaking ocean and river views to majestic birds and sea life. Here are four different scenic options for families looking to unplug and reconnect with nature at Kure Beach.

Awesome Audubons
The North Carolina Birding Trail winds through trails of sandy terrain and historical sites, giving birdwatchers a chance to see both the migratory and regular inhabitants of Kure Beach. Seagulls, piping plovers, ospreys, owls and more take flight and inspire awe in children and adults alike (http://bit.ly/q6jZY0).

Beautiful Beach, Ocean and River Views
Fort Fisher State Historic Site, a Civil War battlefield and museum, affords a scenic vista where the Cape Fear River meets the Atlantic Ocean. The Fort Fisher State Recreation Area offers a four-mile stretch of undeveloped beach that boasts some of the cleanest sand on the East coast. Windswept live oak trees embrace a long stretch of the shoreline where visitors can enjoy a memorable early morning walk or sunset stroll (http://bit.ly/q6jZY0).

Some of the most awe-inspiring views of the waters around Kure Beach come from the seat of a canoe or kayak. Getting on the water allows visitors the ability to easily explore the ocean and get up close to a variety of sea life (http://bit.ly/nterx0).

Fascinating Flora
Just as the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area offers amazing beach views and bird-watching opportunities, it is also home to an amazing variety of plant life. Native blooms, bushes and trees provide a safe haven for animal life, as well as a soothing site for human eyes at Kure Beach (http://bit.ly/q6jZY0). At nearby Carolina Beach State Park, the rare Venus flytraps and other carnivorous plants are sure to delight visitors of all ages.

Marvelous Marine Life
Learn more about coastal marine and plant life at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher (http://bit.ly/rjYiL0). The aquarium’s exhibits and educational programs interpret local waters from the Cape Fear River and freshwater streams and swamps, to coastline habitats, to reefs and the open ocean. Visitors will come face-to-face with alligators (including Luna, an albino alligator) and other reptiles, fish, and sharks, including a new interactive megalodon shark display (http://www.ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher).

For more information on the natural wonders of Kure Beach, to book your fall getaway or to check out upcoming events, go to http://www.visitkure.com./

Trick or Treat Under the Sea
Wednesday, Oct. 26-Thursday, Oct. 27

3rd Annual Christmas by the Sea
Friday, Nov. 25-Saturday, Dec. 17

Island of Lights - Light Up The Lake
Friday, Nov. 25-Saturday, Dec. 24

NC Holiday Flotilla Dinner Cruise
Saturday, Nov. 26

Island of Lights Christmas Parade
Friday, Dec. 2

Island of Lights Holiday Flotilla
Saturday, Dec. 3

Kure Beach Christmas Fantasy Show
Friday, Dec. 9-Saturday, Dec. 10

Island of Lights Tour of Homes
Saturday, Dec. 10

For all event information, visit http://bit.ly/otookI.

Podcast with Peggy Sloan, director of the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher: http://bit.ly/oVhREm

Kure Beach on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/KureBeachNC

Kure Beach on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/KureBeachNC

Kure Beach offers visitors an inviting, small-town seaside retreat on North Carolina’s beautiful coast. This naturally beautiful setting with easy access to the big attractions the area has to offer is the perfect place to bring the family year-round to unplug and unwind, enjoy a more relaxed pace and reconnect with what really matters. For more information, go to http://www.visitkure.com/ or call (800) 631-1460.

October 25, 2011

The Veggie Wagon Grand Opening October 29, 2011

The Veggie Wagon is having their Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting and Fall Festival this Saturday, October 29th. And just in time for Halloween, they will be having a pumpkin carving contest to top off the day's fun.

Festivities will start at 1pm and will include face painting for the kids and various beer samplings for the “big kids” (proper id required). Several food vendors will be on hand and the Veggie Wagon will be cooking up some of their yummy treats. The ribbon cutting will take place at 2pm.

Pumpkin Carving Contest Information

Entry fee for the contest will be 3 canned goods which will be donated to NourishNC.org , which is a local food bank that serves children and families from our island community. Some items that are highly needed include canned pasta, canned tuna and oatmeal. To register, you MUST send an email to april@theveggiewagon.com and include your name, email address, age group you are participating in, category you are entering in and phone number.
In the subject section, please title it "Pumpkin Carving Contest Registration." If there is more than one person participating from a household, please list their information separately as space is limited. The contest is on a first come first serve basis for entry.

Two categories:

1) traditional pumpkin carvings
2) theme category featuring people, places or things.

Two age groups:
Goblins (17 and below)
Ghouls (18 and up).
The judges will pick winners from each age group and category. Prizes will be awarded.

•Stencils are allowed but only if they are handmade stencils. No store bought stencils will be accepted!!!!
•You have from 1pm until about 2:45 to carve your pumpkin- judging will be at 3pm.
•You must bring your own pumpkin. You can currently purchase a pumpkin from the Veggie Wagon but don't delay as they are going fast.
•All carving must be done on site and must be family friendly.
•One pumpkin carving per entry. If you want to enter both categories, you must pay 2 entry fees.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email april@theveggiewagon.com. Space is limited, so be sure to sign up early! This is an exciting event for the island and all are looking forward to a great day with a great turnout!!

More details on their website.

Video: Aurora Borealis as Viewed in Hendersonville, NC

The Northern Lights made a rare appearance in the Southeastern part of the US last night (10/24/2011). This 15 minute time lapse video is of the lights as seen in Hendersonville, NC. The video was posted on Youtube by alex10819.

October 20, 2011

Blackbeard Cannon Recovery: Getting to the Goods Inside

NC Department of Culturual Resources
RALEIGH – When archaeologists at the wreck of Blackbeard’s flagship, Queen Anne’s Revenge (QAR), raise an eight-foot long cannon on Wednesday, Oct. 26, it will be the public’s first view of the weapon after nearly 300 years on the ocean floor.

Since 1997, the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources’ Underwater Archaeology Branch has led the research at the wreck site. Next week researchers will raise a one ton cannon that is encased in concretion, a cement like shell of sand, salt and sea life. It is only through the conservation process, which can take up to five years, that the archaeologists will learn what the cannon’s concretion actually contains. To date, 12 other cannons have been recovered, and the concretions have held gun flints, a sounding weight, and other articles of shipboard life.

“It’s like Christmas,” explains QAR Project Director Mark Wilde-Ramsing. “During an earlier expedition, one of the concretions actually held two cannons, and lots of attachments that resembled nuts. We called that one Baby Ruth!”

Some surprises can come once the concretions are removed. “Four cannons were all found to be loaded, with cannon shot and wads in place ready to be fired,” observes QAR Chief Conservator Sarah Watkins-Kenney. She says three of the cannons are now exhibited at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort, one at the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City and one at the Museum of History in Raleigh.

“Remains of rope wrapped around the muzzle of another cannon also are intriguing,” Watkins-Kenny adds. “Materials as fragile as rope rarely survive, so finding this vindicated the cleaning used to carefully excavate the concretion layers, rather than just knock it off to reveal the cannon.”

It may take years to discover the secrets of the cannon which will be raised on Wednesday. However, the current expedition already has reaped a number of recovered artifacts, including shackles, a nesting cup lid, concreted bar shot (projectile fired from a cannon) a crystal wine glass fragment, and various items associated with ship’s rigging.

To recover the large cannon, a NOAA research vessel will join the expedition for the heavy lifting. In addition, for more than 10 years the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ Marine Fisheries Division has provided support for the project with a research vessel participating in recovery of nearly all of the artifacts.

Another strategic partner in the QAR project is East Carolina University (ECU). As one of the premier maritime studies programs in the country, ECU houses the conservation laboratory where the recovered cannon will be taken for analysis. Also, for the first time ECU students provided most of the diver support during the Fall 2011 expedition.

Other partners include the Town of Beaufort, N.C. Maritime Museums, U.S. Coast Guard Fort Macon, Fort Macon State Park, N.C. State Ports, and Friends of the Queen Anne’s Revenge.

The public is invited to see the recovered cannon beginning at 12:30 p.m. in front of the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort. Project participants will be available to discuss the recent findings. Tours of the

Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge exhibit at the Maritime Museum also will be available. The recovered cannon will depart at 2 p.m. and will be taken to the QAR Conservation Laboratory for further study.

For additional information call Fay Mitchell (919) 807-7389 or email fay.mitchell@ncdcr.gov

The Underwater Archaeology Branch is part of the Office of State Archaeology within the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. It is considered one of the oldest and most respected underwater archaeology programs in the country.

About the Queen Anne’s Revenge Shipwreck Project

The flagship of the notorious pirate Blackbeard – the Queen Anne’s Revenge — sank off Beaufort Inlet in June 1718. The shipwreck was located in 1996 by Intersal, Inc. of Florida, by Operations Director Mike Daniel through research provided by Intersal president Phil Masters.

To date, more than 280,000 artifacts have been recovered.

The Queen Anne’s Revenge Project is a coordinated undertaking involving a number of individuals, organizations and institutions under the overall management of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources.

About the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources

The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council, and the State Archives. Cultural Resources champions North Carolina’s creative industry, which employs nearly 300,000 North Carolinians and contributes more than $41 billion to the state’s economy. To learn more, visit www.ncculture.com.

UNCW Club Ice Hockey to Hold 1st Annual "Pink in the Rink Fundraiser" Oct 21st & 22nd.

The members of the UNCW Club Ice Hockey team are pleased to announce the 1st annual 'pink in the rink fundraiser’. The fundraiser will be held October 21st and 22nd, 2011 at the Wilmington Ice House.

October is breast cancer awareness month and the members of the UNCW Club Ice Hockey team want to assist in raising funds for breast cancer research.

The Seahawks will be selling specially designed pink t-shirts in addition to auctioning off pink jerseys, which will be worn for the Tulane University series.

Fans will be able to purchase the t-shirts both before and during the series and the auction will take place during the series.

The proceeds from the t-shirts and jersey auction will be combined with half the gate fee and donated to the Susan G. Komen foundation.

Friday, October 21st, the game will start at 10pm. Saturday, October 22nd, the game will start at 430pm.

Sponsorship or donor packages start at $100 dollars which includes a business logo/ donor name printed on the back of each t-shirt and jersey, in addition to advertisement on both our social media pages (Facebook/Twitter) and our website.

For more information regarding the 'pink in the rink' fundraiser, please contact Garrett Riley at (GJR4357@uncw.edu)

October 19, 2011

Video: Carolina Beach Mayor & Council Debates on 10/17 and Q&A Newspaper Responses

The following videos were posted on Youtube by Tom Campbell from BeachPC. Tom was nice enough to film the debate for folks who weren't able to make it in person. Kudos Tom!

CB Mayor

CB Council

Candidates Q&A in the Wilmington Star
•CB Mayor
•CB Council

Candidates Q&A in the Island Gazette
•CB Mayor & Council

Revitalization Keeps Carolina Beach’s Original Character

CAROLINA BEACH, N.C. –There’s always something new and nostalgic to discover in Carolina Beach (http://www.carolinabeachgetaway.com), a North Carolina beach destination known for its vintage and authentic appeal.

Thanks to the vision of community leaders, Carolina Beach is experiencing a revitalization of its boardwalk that helps to preserve the vitality and originality of this classic beach town. These efforts will also ensure that Carolina Beach remains a fun, safe and clean place for families and future generations to enjoy. Family-friendly events and new businesses help to keep things fresh and exciting for visitors, all the while enhancing the personality and allure of Carolina Beach.

While the classic Carolina Beach Boardwalk evokes nostalgia for the past, a variety of shops and activities put this local and visitor favorite very much in the present (http://bit.ly/jKDdqW). New shops, restaurants and rental stores provide visitors with a fresh alternative to the “same old, same old” beach trip. Families can enjoy everything from riding around in surrey carts to tasting the best of the beach’s culinary delights.

Carolina Beach businesses, residents, and civic groups are committed to an ongoing “boardwalk makeover” campaign to restore the Boardwalk’s charm and to keep people coming back year after year. As a result, visitors now enjoy a Boardwalk with park space, aesthetic improvements, blossoming local businesses, and year-round activities.

This fall and holiday season, fishing tournaments and holiday events draw visitors to Carolina Beach, including the annual Christmas by the Sea celebration and month-long Island of Lights Festival, which both kick off in November.

For fall visitors who enjoy supporting local farmers and producer growers, the Pleasure Island Fresh Market serves up a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables at the Carolina Beach Marina each Saturday through early December (http://bit.ly/rr8xfa). Fresh food and a fun atmosphere contribute to the constant renewal and community evolution of Carolina Beach.

To find out about the ongoing revitalization of Carolina Beach and discover seasonal specials and more, visit http://www.carolinabeachgetaway.com/.


Trick or Treat Under the Sea
Wednesday, Oct. 26-Thursday, Oct. 27

3rd Annual Christmas by the Sea

Friday, Nov. 25-Saturday, Dec. 17

Island of Lights - Light Up The Lake

Friday, Nov. 25-Saturday, Dec. 24

NC Holiday Flotilla Dinner Cruise

Saturday, Nov. 26

Island of Lights Christmas Parade

Friday, Dec. 2

Island of Lights Holiday Flotilla

Saturday, Dec. 3

Fort Fisher Holiday Open House

Tuesday, Dec. 6

Island of Lights Tour of Homes

Saturday, Dec. 10

For all event information, visit http://bit.ly/oDkT8l.

Podcast with Duke Hagestrom of Wheel Fun Rentals:

Carolina Beach on Facebook:

Carolina Beach on Twitter:


Carolina Beach is an original and unique North Carolina beach. This recently renovated seaside town offers family-friendly fun all year long where visitors can experience a classic boardwalk, interesting festivals and colorful characters. For more information, visit http://www.CarolinaBeachGetaway.com or call (800) 641-7082.

October 18, 2011

October Ushers In Halloween Fun from the River to the Sea In Wilmington, N.C. & Island Beaches

Wilmington, NC – October 2011 – October ‘scares up’ nearly two dozen Halloween-theme events in Wilmington, North Carolina's historic river district and the island beaches of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Wrightsville Beach. Visitors can experience this spooky time of year with ghoulish festivals, ghostly tours, murder-mystery dinner theatre or cruise, pirate adventures, haunted attractions, costumed races, creepy nature programs, and organized trick-or-treat events. Following is a sampling of mysterious, haunted, historical and educational festivities:

Ongoing (year-round)—
Ghost Walk of Old Wilmington. 6:30pm & 8:30pm. Costumed guides lead visitors through alleyways with tales of haunted Wilmington. Nightly tours at 6:30pm and 8:30pm. Admission charge. Meets at Water & Market streets. Reservations required: 910-794-1866; www.hauntedwilmington.com

Ongoing (year-round)—
Haunted Pub Crawl. 7:30pm. Guided tour to 5 haunted pubs. Ages 21 and up; admission charge. Meets Wed.-Sat. in October & Monday, Oct. 31. Meet at Fat Tony’s (131 N. Front St., Wilmington). Reservations required: 910-794-1866; www.hauntedwilmington.com

Ongoing (year-round)—
Haunted Cotton Exchange Tours. Day/eve tours by appointment. Admission charge. Cotton Exchange parking lot street entrance, Wilmington. 910-409-4300; www.hauntedcottonexchange.blogspot.com

Each Tuesday in October—
Murder Mystery Dinner Cruises. Solve an exciting who-dunnit during a 2- hour dinner cruise along the Cape Fear River. Audience participation; prizes. Boards at 6pm; departs 6:30pm at dock (Water & Dock sts). Admission charge. Reservations: 910-343-1611; 800-676-0162; www.cfrboats.com

Each Monday through Saturday in October; Sun. 30th & Mon. 31st—
Pirate Treasure Hunt. 4pm-6pm. Arrrr! Join a costumed pirate storyteller on an exploration of Masonboro Island’s natural treasures. Kids will learn about the history of famous North Carolina pirates, such as Captain Kidd and Black Beard. Admission charge. Wrightsville Beach Water Taxi & Cruises, 275 Waynick Blvd. (across from Blockade Runner Resort), Wrightsville Beach. Advance reservations required: 910-200-4002; www.capefearnaturalist.com

Through October 31 (Thurs.-Sat. night & Oct. 30-31)—
Panic Attack Haunted Attraction. 6pm-12midnight. Over 30,000 square feet of Hollywood-quality special effects, elaborate sets, and terrifying live actors evoke one’s deepest fears. New this year: live snakes & Temple of Doom. Intensity warning: This haunted attraction is not for children under the age of 13. Admission charged. 1290 S. 15th St., Wilmington. 910-685-6551; www.panicattackhaunt.com

Oct. 20; 27—
“Murder in the Library” Dinner Theatre. 6:30pm. Porch Theatre Company presents this murder-mystery dinner theatre whereby characters in books come to life at night and folic ‘til the sun rises. Performances on Oct. 13 & 20 held at Front Street Brewery (9 N. Front St., Wilmington). On October 27, a special Halloween performance will staged at The Balcony on Dock (33 S. Front St., Wilmington) and audience members are invited to dress as their favorite book character. Reservations required. Admission charged. Advance reservations: 910-232-6611; www.porchtheatre.com

Oct. 21-22; 28-29—
Ghost Ship Tour. 7pm-10pm. You’ve seen the Battleship North Carolina on paranormal programs, now come see for yourself! Come and experience Ghost Ship, a haunted house with ghouls, ghosts, and zombies set on the Battleship for some great and scary Halloween fun. Admission charge. Line forms at 6:30pm. You must be in the ticket line by 9:30pm to ensure a ticket. Note: Not recommended for young children. Battleship North Carolina, #1 Battleship Rd., Wilmington. 910-251-5797; www.battleshipnc.com
Oct. 21-23—
30th Annual Halloween Festival at Poplar Grove Plantation. “Haunted” hayrides, carnival rides and games, “haunted” barn, non-scary Fun House with fortune tellers, games, stories, pony rides, food, costume contests, and more. Fun for all ages, including children. Costume contest (all ages) is Saturday 6pm. Free admission; activity fees vary. Poplar Grove Plantation, 10200 US Hwy. 17 N. Wilmington. 910-686-9518; www.poplargrove.com

Oct. 20-22—
Ghost Hike. 7:30pm. Join a park ranger down the trails of Fort Fisher State Recreation Area to explore the unexplained phenomena that surrounds Fort Fisher. Bring a flashlight and meet at 7:30pm at the visitor center to explore trails that are normally closed at night. Space is limited; reservations are required. Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, 1000 Loggerhead Rd, Kure Beach. 910-458-5798; www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/fofi/main.php

Oct. 20-23; 27-31—
“Carnival of Carnage” Haunted House. Fri. & Sat. (7pm-midnight); Thurs. & Sun. 30/Mon. 31 (7pm-10pm). Admission charge; NHS Lyceum Academy fundraiser. Rated PG-13. Hanover Center, across from Independence Mall, behind Steinmart, Oleander & Independence Dr., Wilmington. 910-251-6100 ext. 222.

Oct. 20-23 & 26-30—
“The Mizrabell Kids Another Gothic Tale of Epic Woe & Sorrow in Monster Mash Mansion.” Journey Productions presents this dark, daring, dismal, dastardly, yet mostly funny musical for all ages. Admission charged. Thalian Hall Studio Theatre, Wilmington. 910-632-2285; www.thalianhall.org

Oct. 21-22 & 28-31—
Halloween Ghost Trolley. 6pm-9pm. 30-minute horse-drawn trolley ride through historic district and a visit to the “haunted barn.” Horses and tour guides are dressed in costume. Halloween-theme stories, songs & treats. Admission charged. Departs at Market & Water Sts.; 910-251-8889; www.horsedrawntours.com

Oct. 21-23—
Halloween Festival at Poplar Grove Plantation. “Haunted” hayrides, carnival rides and games, “haunted” barn, non-scary Fun House with fortune tellers, games, stories, pony rides, food, costume contests, and more. Fun for all ages, including children. Costume contest (all ages) is Saturday 6pm. Free admission; activity fees vary. Poplar Grove Plantation, 10200 US Hwy. 17 N. Wilmington. 910-686-9518; www.poplargrove.com

Oct. 22—
Fort Fisher Fall/Halloween Festival. Fort Fisher State Historic Site (10am-5pm) and Fort Fisher State Recreation Area (2pm) team up for a joint Fall/Halloween Festival. Begin your day at Fort Fisher State Historic Site at 10am with cannon firings, guided tours, Civil War exhibits, and hayrides. Then at 2pm, meet at Fort Fisher State Recreation Area parking lot for an afternoon of Fall/Halloween themed programs and games, candy for Trick-or-Treaters, and ghost hikes. A hayride shuttle will transport visitors between Fort Fisher State Recreation Area and Fort Fisher State Historic Site. Advance reservations required for nighttime ghost hikes; space is limited. Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, Loggerhead Rd., Kure Beach; 910-458-5798; www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/fofi/main.php; and Fort Fisher State Historic Site, Hwy. 421, Kure Beach; 910-458-5538 www.nchistoricsites.org/fisher

Oct. 22—
Halloween Pirate Adventure. 11am-5pm. Hop aboard the M/V Shamrock along with Capt. Don Juan Cortez, local pirate storyteller, on an adventure out to Masonboro Island, a land teeming with pirates and their booty! Learn about the rich nautical history of our waterways as you search for buried treasure! Admission charged. Tours depart across from Blockade Runner Resort on the hour, beginning at 11am. Discounts for kids in costume. Blockade Runner dock (sound side), 275 Waynick Blvd., Wrightsville Beach. 910-200-4002; www.capefearnaturalist.com

Oct. 23—
Carnage International Film Festival. 1-3pm & 3:45-5:45pm. A day of movie short & feature films from the genres Horror, Sic-Fi, Thriller, Suspense, Gore. Thalian Hall, Wilmington; 910-632-2285; www.thalianhall.org

Oct. 25—
Batty Battleship’s Halloween Bash. 5:30pm-8pm. Batty Battleship is a fun, family-oriented trick-or-treating event for little ghouls and goblins with games, activities, food, and storytelling. Admission charged; children 2 and under are free. Battleship North Carolina, Wilmington. 910-251-5797; www.battleshipnc.com

Oct. 26 & 27—
Trick-or-Treat Under the Sea. 5pm-8:30pm. Families can enjoy thrills & gills in the same day. Indoor trick-or-treating, face painting, story-telling, magic shows, spooky divers and haunted gardens are highlights at this family Halloween party. Note: only umbrella strollers permitted. Admission charged (children 2 and under free). NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher, Loggerhead Rd., Kure Beach; 910-458-8257; www.ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher

Oct. 28—
Kooky Spooky Jam-Boo-Read! 5-7pm. A kids’ street festival with scary stories and non-scary fall-theme games and activities. Kids are invited to arrive in costume or as a favorite book character for the zombie dance party. Other Halloween/fall theme activities throughout the month of October. Admission charge. Children’s Museum, Wilmington. 910-254-3534; www.playwilmington.org

Oct. 31—
AquaCamp: Spooky Critters. Halloween day camp (ages 5-12) features slippery, slimy animal programs and crafts. Admission charge; pre-registration required. NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher, Kure Beach; 910-458-8257; www.ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher

Oct. 31—T
rick-or-Treat at the Mall. 5-7pm. Kids arrive in costume and retailers provide candy. Independence Mall, 3500 Oleander Dr., Wilmington. 910-392-1776; www.shopindependencemall.com

Festivals and events provide a fun and affordable way to experience a destination. For more information about Fall featured events, experiences and seasonal specials, visit www.gowilmingtonandbeaches.com. For a free official visitors guide to Wilmington, N.C.'s historic river district and the island beaches of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, Wrightsville Beach, please call 910-341-4030 or 1-866-266-9690. Or stop by the Visitor Information Center located at 505 Nutt St., Wilmington, or visit www.gowilmingtonandbeaches.com. For a complete calendar of events, visit www.gowilmingtonandbeaches.com/events. Before traveling, please call event venue to confirm date, time, prices.

October 16, 2011

A Poem: The Fort Fisher Hermit

In memory of Robert E. Harrill Died - June 4 1972

On the peaceful shores of Fort Fisher
A man by the name of Robert 'resides
Where sun kissed waters of North Carolina
Sweep inland ' where Robert ' supposedly hides.
Yet if truth be known 'he just lived a life more simplified.
"Our lives are frittered away by detail"
He once said to a traveling man.
"I can teach you how to survive with common sense, if I can"
And shook the hand of the traveling man.

He abandoned what the rest of the world
Considered necessary ' yet at the same time ' was enviable
As Robert had the courage 'to break free ' and live
By his own standards ' which many thought commendable.
He lived a life ' less challenged ' in his own way
Near the peaceful shores of Fort Fisher
' Robert decided to stay ' This was a life
Some dreamed of living' but didn't dare
Surviving off hand outs ' that many travelers share.

He adopted a faith in rebellion
Spending seventeen years ' beneath the stars
Sleeping close to nature ' with passionate endeavour
He removed himself from a world of fast living and cars
Yet life for him was spent poorly without a dime to his name
"I came into this life with nothing" he said.
"And intend to go out the same "
He left behind the negatives and walked away from life
But maybe held the memories ' for the love of his late wife.

Over time, he gained a deeper understanding
Of his surroundings ' with an extrinsic desire
To discover the lessons within.
He had set up home in a bunker 'not far from the beach
In his old straw hat and tatty shorts
' Survival skills ' he'd teach.
Folks ' they call me a hermit
And maybe ' they've got me right
But who are they who stay at home 'watching Tv every night.

Their minds are not their own' you know
Are these folks truly happy ' I bet their answer's no
Now take this life ' I've simplified '
They wish they had the same ' I am nothing but a fisherman
But a hermit ' I've been named.
You could live your days ' just like mine
Without the need of a retirement plan
Just forget the pressures of your life
And live it as simple' as you possibly can.

I guess old Robert ' had mastered the art of peaceful living
People from all over the world' traveled to visit him.
It wasn't until years later did those who met him' learn
That the one they named the hermit ' was in fact a victim.
It is sad when you think how people would beat and rob him
This simple man with the ambition 'to live his life simplified
Came to a quiet place only to be victimised and sadly died
In a brutal worthless attack by those who remain blameless
Killed for space he claimed by those who remain nameless

Written by S.Thorn

October 14, 2011

Photos: Filming of Arthur Newman Golf Pro in Carolina Beach, NC

Here are some photos from last nights filming of Arthur Newman Golf Pro on Lake Park Blvd in Carolina Beach, NC. The movie stars Colin Firth (pinkish/orange shirt & glasses) and Emily Blunt (short black hair, long grey top with black leggings).

The scene was described by the photographer as follows:
Tonight's scene involved a car chase with Emily Blunt's character driving. She finally gets stopped after running over a spike strip. The officer comes to her door and tells her to get out. She says "I know my rights, I'm a college graduate." She is supposed to be drunk. She is then arrested, handcuffed on the hood of her car & taken to the police vehicle.

During one take, Emily forgets to put the car in park and when she is pulled out of the vehicle by the officer, it starts rolling. They kept filming the scene so it might make for a nice blooper clip You could hear everyone saying "ohhhh." It was funny.

Photo: Lightning Off the Carolina Beach Coast

Here's a cool photo of the storm that was off our coast Wednesday night. Thanks to Katrina Pacek for sharing the pic with blog readers.

October 13, 2011

Carolina Beach Fire Department BBQ October 22, 2011

Date: October 22, 2011
11:00am - 7:00pm
CBFD Station @9 South Dow Road

•Barbeque Plates $8.00 (Barbeque, Beans, Slaw, Hushpuppies & Drink -water, tea or soft drink), •Sandwiches $4 or 2 for $7
•Pint of BBQ $10,
•Pint of Slaw or Beans $3,
•Dozen Hushpuppies $1,

•Extra drink $1.
•Homemade desserts will be available for sale.
(Enjoy your meal at the station or you can get it to go.)

The firefighters cook all the food and the Fire Belles, who are the wives of the firefighters, will have homemade desserts for sale. So please, come support you local firefighters and enjoy some very yummy food. Make sure to bring the kids so they can tour the station and get some hands on fun with the big red fire trucks!

Fort Fisher Fall Festival October 22, 2011

Time: 10:00am to 6:00pm
Date: October 22, 2011
Location: Fort Fisher State Historic Site
Cost: Free

The Fort Fisher Fall Festival at Fort Fisher State Historic Site in Kure Beach, NC, features scenic hayrides, children’s activities, guided tours, and multiple firings of the site’s “big gun,” the 32-pound rifled and banded cannon. This event also marks the debut of a special new exhibit: the Freeman Medal of Honor and its associated artifacts. At 1:30pm in the visitor’s center, Curator of History Ray Flowers will discuss the history of this fascinating exhibit, including the acquisition of its Civil War artifacts and the brave soldier behind the medal. Tours of the site will be offered at 9:30am, 11:30am, and 3:30pm. Cannon firings are scheduled for 10am, Noon, 2pm, 4pm, and 5:30pm.

Colin Firth & Emily Blunt Arrive on Pleasure Island, NC for Filming

Hollywood hits the island today (and tomorrow). The film 'Arthur Newman, Golf Pro' will begin filming today on Pleasure Island starting mid afternoon. Locations will be at the Fort Fisher State Park and on Lake Park Blvd in the Central Business District. The film stars Colin Firth and Emily Blunt.

For more information on the film, please visit: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1930546/

(EDIT 10/14/2011: You can view shooting photos here.)

October 10, 2011

Photographer Ned Leary Gets Up Close with a Sea Turtle Hatching

Click the below link to view 62 amazing photos of a sea turtle hatching. Wilmington photographer Ned Leary brings you right into the action as these little flipper machines fight there way to the water's edge.

About Ned:
I am not a “Stand there…now smile.” photographer. Nor am I a “Get to the location, get out of the car, take the shot and leave”. I am driven to capture that one-of-a-kind photograph on every shoot and it takes time and effort.

My style is interactive on portrait assignments…the subject(s) and I are working as a team to produce shots that make us both proud and are worth keeping for a lifetime. My nature/scenic photography reflects the same style. Rarely does the best shot appear quickly…I have to work for it. The final product always reflects the effort invested. My Cape Fear Riverwood Frames come from the same mindset. They are not the ‘same old, same old’. They stand out. They mean something.

Ned Leary's Turtles

October 8, 2011

Guest Photographer Series: Scenic Images from Around Pleasure Island by Benson Stephens (Round 2)

This week, Carolina Beach photographer Benson Stephens returns with another round of unique images from Pleasure Island.

As with last time, it was quite difficult to go through his Facebook portfolio and whittle down his photos to this small grouping.
And as it turns out, we didn’t do so well as we ended up going with eight of his pics instead of the customary five or less (we prefer to keep it under five so as not to impact the blog load time).

Benson has a fantastic eye for photography and I'm sure we'll feature more of his photos in the future.
You can view his original series photos here.

And to answer the question before it is asked, yes that is Robbie Johnson (first photo) from Surf Carolina Magazine doing his water photography magic. Great shot!

OTE: If anyone else has some favorite photos from Pleasure Island and would like to share them with blog readers, please send an email to admin@carolinabeachtoday.com. If you would like to view the entire Guest Photographer Series, click here.

October 7, 2011

Outdoor Adventures Abound At Carolina Beach

Unique Vacation Spot Offers Activities Ranging From Laid-Back To Lively

Carolina Beach (
http://www.carolinabeachgetaway.com) offers outdoor adventures at all activity levels for individuals and families alike. Whether a relaxed or energetic outing is desired, it can all be found at Carolina Beach.

Biking and Hiking
More than six miles of trails give outdoor enthusiasts a variety of options for biking and hiking through Carolina Beach State Park. Bicycles and other equipment can be rented from shops throughout the area.

Birdwatching Looking for Carolina Beach's most beautiful residents? Head to Carolina Beach State Park and the North Carolina Birding Trail to catch a glimpse of ospreys, hawks, gulls, sparrows and more in one of the state's most Audubon-friendly destinations.

Canoeing and Kayaking
Want a chance to sightsee and get a good workout? Rent a canoe or kayak and see Carolina Beach from a completely different perspective!

Fishing Carolina Beach offers some of the best coastal fishing in the state. More than 20 charters are available for half-day and full-day trips, and the Carolina Beach State Park Marina offers 40 boat slips for rental. The Carolina Beach Fishing Pier also gives anglers a chance to reel in a record catch.

Scenic Cruises and Tours Whether a leisurely or fast-paced adventure is desired, beachgoers can find what they are looking for at Carolina Beach. Both charter boats and kayaks offer a variety of options for visitors wishing to take in breathtaking views of the area.

Scuba Diving Fish, shellfish and a host of other animals make their home in the waters off Carolina Beach. Dive into an unforgettable experience with family and friends!

High-flying fun awaits those brave enough to tackle the ramps and rails and obstacle area at Carolina Beach Skate Park. Grab a helmet and pads and get ready to hit the concrete!

Mike Chappell Park is equipped with two sand volleyball courts perfect for a quick pick-up game with friends. The park also boasts two tennis courts, along with baseball, softball and soccer fields.


18th Annual Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival with Jimmie Vaughan and the Tilt-a-Whirl Band featuring Lou Ann Barton: Saturday, Oct. 8-Sunday, Oct. 9

Pleasure Island Surf Fishing Challenge: Friday, Oct. 14-Sunday, Oct. 16

3rd Annual Salty Paws Festival: Saturday, Oct. 15

Trick or Treat Under the Sea: Wednesday, Oct. 26-Thursday, Oct. 27

October 5, 2011

Accuweather Predicts a Milder than Normal Winter for Southeastern North Carolina in 2012

After last year's winter where we saw many days of below normal temperatures and a few snowfall events, Accuweather.com is predicting that southeastern North Carolina will have a mild 2012 winter season with a very low chance for any frozen precipitiation. With that said, let's hope they're right and let the celebration begin!!

Read the full 2012 long range winter forecast here.
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